Author : P.G.Allison
Series : Missy the Werecat, Book 1
Genre : Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source : Free copy from Goodreads Group - Never Too Old for Y.A & N.A Books for an honest review
When puberty brings on her first Shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years until finally learning to Change back. She can Change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next. Everyone assumes her two year disappearance was because she’d been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill. She keeps her werecat nature a secret. There is no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha. She’s a girl with fantastic abilities growing up and learning to do great things in today’s world, amongst humans. She only has her instincts to guide her and those drive her to train herself to extremes. She must control those instincts; dampening the wild predator is often necessary. Her raging hormones and enhanced senses require very strong controls; she explores what happens when those controls are relaxed.
My Musings :
First of all, I got to say the new book cover is way better than the old one. But I would never associate Missy with curvy handwriting or font. She is a tough one through and through except near the end where she starts to get softer.
When I requested a copy for review, I was expecting an exciting tale of Missy surviving alone as a werecat. But I didn't expect the beginning to be so hard to get into. Oh, the story was good. But the first nearly 20% was in a narrative style. It was too passive for my taste. I would have liked more action. There was action going on but it was written as a narrative. I wasn't sure at that stage if I would continue or stop reading the book.
But I continued reading and I had the same problem nearly half of the book. The book was in passive voice. There were few dialogues and direct action in between but I still hung on and followed the story as it was, the interesting life of Missy. And then it picked up and went at a very fast pace. I loved reading about Missy's adventures though they were unbelievable at some points. Who doesn't love a spunky, tough heroine? I loved Missy!! I enjoyed reading about her adventures be it in martial arts or in helping out friends and setting the wrong doers right.
In addition to Missy, I liked Mike. He has to be a special guy to fall for Missy. I found Missy to be gutsy while her family to be a tiny bit unrealistic. Oh they supported her fully in all her works but I didn't get why they weren't more shocked by her transformation. The other thing I found unbelievable was Missy's brutality near the end. That so wasn't her. All characters, other than Missy, weren't focused on, not even little bit. I hope to get to know them more and hopefully the author would include others actively in the story.
Towards the end, I liked the adventurous journey. I would read the sequels if I got a copy but I wouldn't watch for them especially. I was leaning towards 2 1/2 rating at the start but I think I will go with a 3 star rating.
My one line review : A passive but interesting tale of a lone werecat and her (extra)ordinary adventures.
My rating : 3/5
My reread factor : 2/5